Decision Making

Obtains information and identifies key issues and implications to make informed and objective decisions.

Key Behaviors:

  • Approaches a complex task or problem by breaking it down into parts and considers each part in detail.
  • Seeks information about alternatives and chooses an option that meets a goal, solves a problem or avoids a risk.
  • Actively looks for discrepancies and inconsistencies in available information.
  • Considers the costs, benefits, risks, and chances for success, when making a decision.
  • Draws sound, fact-based conclusions, particularly when under pressure or faced with ambiguity.
  • Makes informed, timely and effective decisions, distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information, and consulting others, when appropriate.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.